pink gin cocktail with grilled watermelon : independence day recipe

Gin Watermelon Cocktail - Kinfolk 1This recipe is perfect for any Canada Day or Independence Day celebration. The combination of gin and grilled watermelon make it such a fun and summery drink. The best part is, this recipe serves four people (or one thirsty individual)!

Have a great Independence Day weekend!



Items pictured above are available in the Potomac Trading Post store.

Kinfolk_Vol16_TickledPink-4Pink Gin Cocktail With Grilled Watermelon (Kinfolk Magazine)

This refreshing cocktail will start off your warm summer evening right with a kick of gin, honey, lime and verbena.


1/2 medium seedless watermelon (about 2 1/4 pounds or 1 kilogram)
4 fluid ounces (120 milliliters) gin
1 tablespoon honey, preferably acacia 3 limes
1/4 cup (5 grams) fresh lemon verbena, lemon balm or mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
Ice cubes, for serving


1. Peel the watermelon and cut half of it into small cubes and the other half into larger wedges. Put the cubes into a blender along with the gin and honey. Add the finely grated zest and juice of the first lime, plus the juice of a second lime. Blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy. Let the cocktail stand for 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.

2. Pulse the lemon verbena and sugar in a food processor until the herb is very finely minced and blended with the sugar. Transfer the mixture to a small plate and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over high heat until smoking hot. Grill the watermelon wedges until marks appear, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Arrange the grilled melon on a platter and sprinkle with the finely grated zest and the juice of the third lime and a little coarsely chopped lemon verbena.

4. Rub the rim of 4 cocktail glasses with one of the squeezed limes to lightly moisten, then dip it in the sugar mixture to get an even coating. Fill the glasses with ice and pour in the cocktail through a fine strainer. Serve immediately with the warm grilled watermelon.

Recipe by Mikkel Karstad. Top Photograph by Emory Ann Kurysh. Bottom Photograph by Anders Schønnemann.

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  1. MY

     /  08/05/2015

    Looks amazing and perfect for summer , a little different too

  2. I am not much of a drinker, but this sounds interesting. I don’t like gin much. Maybe I could substitute ginger ale. :-)

  3. Watermelon is a delightfully refreshing surprise. 🍓

  4. Love it! Looks great :)

  5. G

     /  07/03/2015

    This sounds great! I’m getting thirsty!

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